Romania’s PM Appoints Country’s First-Ever Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism

Alexandru Muraru.

February 14, 2021

Romania’s Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Thursday the appointment of the country’s first-ever special envoy to combat anti-Semitism and preserve the memory of the Holocaust and communism.

Liberal MP Alexandru Muraru — a 38-year-old historian — was picked for the role, and he will advise the prime minister on policies to quell Jew-hatred, among other tasks.

The position “consolidates Romania’s highest-level commitments concerning …. democracy, the protection of human rights, the promotion of tolerance… and respect for civil rights, the prevention and fight against various forms of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and extremism,” a media statement said.

One of Muraru’s assignments will be overseeing the opening of Romania’s National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust.

In 2017, Romania adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism.